Immanuel August Ludwig Dornfeld (1796-1869), the German financial councillor, Cameral administrator and vine specialist, was, among many other official functions, founder of the Weinsberg Silkworm Society, member of the Society for Wine Improvement in Württemberg and, from 1852, chairman of the Weinsberg District Agricultural Society. He successfully endeavoured to establish the Weinsberg School of Viticulture, which was opened on his initiative in 1868 as the "Royal School of Viticulture". Dornfeld also published many publications on viticulture, for example "Weinbauschule, oder Anleitung zur Pflanzung der Rebe und Gewinnung des Weines" and "Der rationelle Weinbau und die Weinbereitungslehre mit einem Anhang der climatischen Verhältnisse auf den Weinbau". Due to his support of agriculture, viticulture and wine culture, he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Frederick in 1859. The new Dornfelder
variety created in Weinsberg was named in his honour.